PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun's right hand was still obviously swollen on Wednesday morning, but it could have been much worse.

The Brewers left fielder, already dealing with a strained muscle at the back of his rib cage, was struck by a line drive that he lost in the lights during Tuesday's loss to the Padres in Peoria. Braun's first instinct was a bad one.

"I thought it was broken," Braun said. "But I went and got X-rays and it was fine. We'll just ice it and add it to the list of things I'm getting treatment on."

He had those X-rays at Maryvale Hospital, just up the road from the Brewers' Spring Training home. Braun was to take some "dry swings" on Wednesday, but he was not in the lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Which begged the question of whether Braun has time to get ready for the Brewers' April 7 regular-season opener. He has only 13 at-bats in Cactus League games (though Braun also played twice in Minor League camp over the weekend) to go with his 21 at-bats in the World Baseball Classic.

That puts Braun (34 at-bats) significantly behind other Brewers regulars like J.J. Hardy (59), Corey Hart (63) and Prince Fielder (65).

"I don't need at-bats. I'm good," Braun declared. "I just need to physically be healthy."

"I just want to make it out of here," he joked. "Make it out of Arizona, then out of Spring Training, and I'll be happy. I really feel like I've been dodging some bullets lately. Overall, hopefully it's a good sign that I'm getting it all out of my system now. I'm excited to make it out of here and get the season started."

While Braun was out of Wednesday's lineup from the start, third baseman Bill Hall was originally back in after missing Tuesday to have a tooth extracted. But that changed when head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger suggested that Hall should pinch-hit instead. Caplinger worried that an elevated heart rate could contribute to more bleeding, according to Macha.

Casey McGehee, whose path to the Opening Day roster was cleared Wednesday by the release of Mike Lamb, started at third base instead.

In other injury news, Macha said closer Trevor Hoffman (oblique) was scheduled to play catch again on Wednesday. That would mark another positive step for the 41-year-old, who is on the disabled list, though Macha said there is still no schedule for Hoffman to try throwing off a mound.